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Bulgariana: Attractive Premium Wines from Bulgaria

Although Bulgaria has been making wine for thousands of years,  the wines of Bulgaria are not widely known in the US—but they should be.  The post-Soviet era has given rise to a growing number of excellent wineries which are producing … Continue reading

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New Releases from José Maria da Fonseca of Portugal

While best known for its Periquita and Lancer’s rose, two enormously successful wines, the Jose Maria da Fonseca  winery produces a large and diversified portfolio of high quality Portuguese table wines.   Domingos Soares Franco is one of Portugal’s most accomplished … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell: More New Releases 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir From Russian River Valley

Here are more new releases from the Gary Farrell Winery from the 2015 vintage, another great year for the winery and Russian River Valley. As we noted in our earlier reviews, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir crops were small to … Continue reading

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Testarossa Pinot Noirs From the 2015 Vintage

This is the second part of our review of Testarossa’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  releases from the 2015 vintage.  The first part focused on the estate’s excellent Chardonnays; this one focuses exclusively on Pinot Noir and one Meritage.   The Pinot … Continue reading

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The Wines of Steindorfer: First Class Blaufrankisch and Pinot Gris from Burgenland

Steindorfer is a family estate  located in Austria on the eastern shore of Lake Neusidel between the towns of Illmitz and Apetlon.  This location is ideally suited for the production of sweet wines and Ernst Steindorder and son Roland craft … Continue reading

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Failla and Day : Exciting 2015 Releases

Once again Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla (FAY-la) have crafted an exciting collection of 2015 releases of both their flagship Failla brand of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and  Day, a relatively a new Zinfandel label.

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2014 Releases

We recently had the opportunity to taste the 2014 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale.   The four wines reviewed here showed very well  just as they did in the 2013 vintage, which we also tasted.   The wines … Continue reading

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Pellegrini Wine Company: Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This is our first acquaintance with the wines of Pellegrini, a family owned and operated wine company which began operations in Sonoma County after Prohibition.  In 1973 the family purchased a 70 acre plum and apple orchard on West Olivet … Continue reading

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Rombauer Vineyards: Noteworthy Single Vineyard Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons

Rombauer Vineyards has been making wine in Napa Valley for more than 35 years. Established in 1980, it is owned and operated by the Koerner  family. Beginning operations  at Shafer Vineyards and other wineries, they later constructed their own winery in … Continue reading

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The Wines of Anton Bauer

Anton Bauer, is a highly successful Austrian family winery in Wagram.  It is managed by 4th generation winemaker Anton Bauer who is a graduate of the School of Wine and Fruit Growing in Krems, Lower Austira, and has spent four … Continue reading

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